In the current market, jobseekers are doing whatever they can to stand out from the pack. Recently, I’ve read several articles advising applicants to reorganize and redesign their resumes to make them more visually appealing. I’ve even seen advertisements for freelance graphic designers who take regular resumes, like the one on the left, and turn them into arts and crafts projects, like the resume on the right.
The redesign above is certainly eye-catching and unique. And it probably would entice me to look a little harder at that person’s qualifications (esp. since most recruiters look at an applicant’s resume for 10 seconds or less). But in a conservative environment like Capitol Hill or Big Law or the corporate world, would a resume like this get you notice for the right reasons?
I certainly think that there are some Chiefs of Staff and hiring managers who might think that this type of resume is immature or too artsy for a serious work environment. But I also think that if it does get a potential employer to look a little harder, than it could be worth it.
Much like last week, I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Do you think jobseekers in more professional environments should stick with the tried and true or go for something different? What impressions would you have of a person with a resume that was also an exercise in graphic design?
Looking for some more resume writing tips? Check out our Finding a Job series from 2011.